There are various platforms from which you can play retro games. Current game consoles, such as the Wii U, have retro game options. Or you can play retro game Roms with Window emulator software. There are also a number of websites that include a variety of Web-based retro game emulators for numerous consoles.
A Web-based retro game emulator is an Adobe Flash or Java console emulator. They are emulators that can be run directly from your browser window. Aside from a browser, and perhaps required plug-in, no additional software is required to play the retro games. These are a few of the great websites that include Web-based retro game emulators for various game consoles.
Check out the SNESBox.com website for a great collection of 16-bit SNES games. In all there are 1,861 SNES games on the site such as Super Mario World, Legend of Zelda and Killer Instinct. Click on one of the game shots to open their Adobe Flash emulator which should take less than a minute to get going (but is actually a little longer loading than others). You can then select to play as one player, or alternatively two players via the Intranet.
The site’s emulator has various additional options. Press F11 to enable the full-screen mode for its games. You can also configure the keyboard controls by selecting the spanner icon at the bottom left of the emulator. If you sign in to the website you can also return to previously saved games with their emulator.
NESBox.Com is actually a part of the same site as SNESBox.Com. From the SNESBox.Com page click on the NESBox.Com tab to open the NES game library. NESBox has a collection of 8-bit NES games which you can play from your browser in much the same way as SNESBox.
For SEGA fans the SSega.Com is one of the best sites for Web-based retro game emulators. The site has over a thousand 16-bit SEGA Genesis games. Click one of the games’ boxes to get it up and running in your browser. Select the option at the bottom left of the game box to switch to full-screen mode. This site also includes cheat codes for its various games.
The NESCafe website is one dedicated to retro NES games, and has a Java emulator for them. From the site’s home page click on the Play Game tab. Then you can select a NES retro game from its index. Each of the games has Game Genie codes below them which you can select to unlock cheats. If you register with the site you can also save your games with those that have save options.
The Emulation Collective website is one of the best for Web-based retro game emulators. As it has a Java Runtime emulator a Java plug-in will be required to play the games. However, it is stated on their website that they are going to introduce a new site emulator based on NaCI (Native Client).
Emulation Collective has emulators for five alternative console platforms. NES, Master System, Game Gear, SNES and Game Boy games can be played from the website. ClassicSegaOnline is the most recent addition, and that can support up to 99 percent of Master System and Game Gear games. Unlike some of the other sites there is no full-screen mode for their retro games emulators. Emulation Collective also has a forum which you can post to if registered with the site.
Not the best known game console perhaps, but nevertheless there is still a site which has retro TurboGarfx 16 games online. TurboGrafx 16.Net includes a variety of the console’s games which you can open from the home page. After opening a game, press Shift F to switch to its full-screen mode and Shift S to save games.
From those websites you can play a great number of retro games for up to seven alternative console platforms without any additional emulator software. Generally they are dominated by Nintendo and SEGA console games, but there are a few that include emulators for alternative platforms. Check out the links above to go to the sites where you’ll find plenty of classic retro games.